I’ve been living in Thuringia for a bit, and I have to wonder, the passion and love that people have for cake in this region is something shared throughout the country? Everyone loves cake at any time for any occasion!

Yes… cake. It’s popular all over Germany and the varieties are endless. Some are regional, some are based on super secret family recipes, some are currently in fashion, many are popular all over the country. Of course there is our famous Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) afternoon ritual, and, particularly in coastal areas of the North also the TEA and cake ritual. Depending on time available and personal habits, this ritual may take place every day, just on the weekend, only on Sunday or at family gatherings, or never, around the hours of 3 and 5 pm (Kaffeezeit). Visiting relatives in different states, I have noticed that the people of Hessen and Baden-Württemberg/Schwaben even serve leftover cake or pastries for breakfast. Have not seen this in my Northern areas but it probably also just varies between families. Hope you‘re enjoying your time in Thüringen and all the cake. 🙂

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Bavarian house with typical religious frescos as they exist in…

Bavarian house with typical religious frescos as they exist in that particular Bundesland (state)

Weihnachtsmarkt in Herrenberg, Baden-Württemberg

Weihnachtsmarkt in Herrenberg, Baden-Württemberg

land-of-maps:Percentage of NON-smokers in Germany by state…

land-of-maps:

Percentage of NON-smokers in Germany by state [920×1041]

Different anon here. I’ll do a small exchange program in France next year and I’m planning to spend a weekend in Germany. I like cultural programs, like museums and art/music expositions, so I believe Berlin would be the better choice, but since I won’t have much time, at least on this first visit, could you recommend some “essencial places”?

Any major German city would work for these things as cultural things like art galleries, museums, and music festivals / opera / concertos / rock concerts can be found in any larger city in Germany, but Berlin probably has the greatest concentration in one spot, e.g. Museumsinsel, etc. So it’s a good start if you only have a week in Germany. Have a look at this list of museums and galleries https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_museums_and_galleries_in_Berlin
and this https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2011/aug/17/top-10-museums-berlin-city-guides . You might also want to google „insider tips berlin“ for the current best in hotels, restaurants, etc. Have fun in France and in Germany. 🙂 Try the bakeries in both places!

At a butcher shop, somewhere in Germany. Depending on the…

At a butcher shop, somewhere in Germany. Depending on the region, our word for butcher varies from Metzger to Fleischer to Schlachter. The actual shop is die Metzgerei, die Fleischerei, die Schlachterei.

Die Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin is a gallery showing a…

Die Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin is a gallery showing a collection of Neoclassical, Romantic, Biedermeier, Impressionist, and early Modernist artwork. it’s located on the Museum Island, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. For a list of museums around the country, click:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_museums_in_Germany